Woman killed by car while jogging

2012-05-04 18:01

Johannesburg - A woman was killed when she was hit by a car while jogging on Hendrik Potgieter Road in Strubens Valley on the West Rand on Friday morning, paramedics said.

The woman, in her 30s, was declared dead on the scene, ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser said.

The driver of the car was not hurt, but received trauma counselling on the scene.

The police would investigate the cause of the accident, Visser said.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-04 18:15

    damn shame that someone trying to look after her health has to die in such a fashion. RIP

      Jack - 2012-05-04 18:31

      When will joggers learn to get off the hart felt condolences but i've had to swerve into on coming traffic to avoid joggers before, what compounds the issue is that there is often a perfectly good foot path on the side...sometimes even cemented path ways...yet they refuse to get off the road...really so you buy twice the amount of running shoes you would others wise...or is it that they don’t want dirty your takkies....please someone your life or sometimes endangering a motorists life really worth preserving your shoes?

      Squeegee - 2012-05-04 23:35

      There's a reason we call something like this an 'accident' and not an 'on purpose'. Why always blame? - rather show some compassion.

      Manu - 2012-05-05 12:53

      Condolences to the jogger and her family. But I agree with Jack, joggers place themselves in great danger when they choose to share the road with motor vehicles. It's insane that they are even allowed to do this. Roads are designed to facilitate transport of people and goods. It's not supposed to be a playground. Those who do so should receive heavy fines for this including cyclists who use the road for training. But by far the worst joggers are those who run early in the morning (when its still dark) when there are very few cars on the road. They wear dark clothing, including gloves. To cap the madness they jog in the middle of the road. I have had a few near misses, where you come around a bend at 5 am in the morning and suddenly there is this dark figure running bang in the middle of the road. An experience like that just messes up your whole day.

  • Ngaka - 2012-05-04 18:22

    Change the damn name of the road!!My condolences.

      Piet - 2012-05-04 19:10

      Yes we should change the name, people behaved on Hendrik Potgieter road. give it a name that will reflect the absolute disregard for the law. w

  • Letlotlo - 2012-05-04 18:39

    Its high time that the general public change their attitude towards runners on the road. For their information, runners are licensed to be on the road. If the driver can learn to appreciate the good work that the runners are doing. Lastly bad drivers and killers shud be punished hard.

      Jack - 2012-05-04 18:54

      I'm not sure where you live, but South African roads are way below par compared to European/American standards. I drive on numerous roads that shouldn’t even be licensed for cars. let alone joggers or cyclists. DO you know that for every 60 liters of petrol you buy R135 goes towards maintaining the we see evidence of this? Letlotlo perhaps you can answer that for me...perhaps i;m missing something.

      Luvo - 2012-05-05 08:47

      Wrong, runners and cyclists are not licenced to be on the road pal but rather on the sidewalk. Vehicles get their licence discs renewed on an annual basis and by that virtue have a right to be on the road.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-05-04 18:58

    "Woman killed by car while jogging!" Is that not like saying 'The shirt was burned by the iron', not by the person using the iron??????

  • Christo - 2012-05-04 19:04

    Maybe she fell into the road... You guys need to go out on Fridays. Not sit at f'in work like me. ;)

  • samgaf - 2012-05-04 19:48

    When are these people going learn to stay home and excersise or use a gym, with the taxis and devective traffic lights and potholes and joggers,it is a nightmare driving on the roads,20 years ago it was safe!!!!!!!!!

      Harris - 2012-05-05 17:07

      Well samgaf ...if you are going to take that line , when are "these people" going to learn to get the hell out of South Africa ..then they will not become statistics of the crimewave.

      Irene - 2012-05-05 17:13

      Harris ~ FOAD

  • Sam - 2012-05-04 22:54

    as jogger myself I try to wear colourful clothes make sure I run facing the oncoming side and dont rely on the driver to save me. RIP

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-05 18:04

    Bring back the National Road Safety Council which was in the fore-front of roads awareness campaigns. Foreign drivers are also a major concern. Fake drivers licences and \licences 4 sale in our Testing Stations. Drunk drivers are worse. Jackson Mthembu(spokesman at Luthuli house) was arrested in the morning being drunk in Cape Town. Today Dr.Swanepoel saw her 26 yrs old daughter knocked to death by a drag racing car. May the souls of all those who passed away on the roads Rest in Peace.

  • Kimberly - 2012-05-06 10:49

    Unfortunately I viewed the accident scene, and that accident was clearly not caused by the jogger!!! The extensive damage on the vehicle was clearly caused by speed and reckless driving. The police evidence markers were almost 100 metres away from this poor jogger, how do you explain that? Law Enforcement is definately needed on this road, as i stay right next Hendrik Potgieter, as well as work on Hendrik Potgieter, my family and I witness constant law breaking, such as drivers going through red robots, not obeying four ways stop or yeilding, as well as not stopping at stop streets, not to mention people driving in the yellow lane!!! and most of all Speeding is a terrible problem.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-06 10:57

      There we have it - speed does kill! (For all the denialists out there)

      Samantha - 2012-05-08 08:34

      I too am a Hendrik Potgieter user, ever aware of the dangers this road presents to all who use it. I have had near misses while driving but also while cycling and jogging too. As a medical professional I am also very aware of the inherent dangers for all who use this road and as such am an EXTREMELY careful and considerate user when jogging or cycling. The jog on the pavement idea is definitely a good one except when the road side conditions are such that I broke my leg in two places while walking on the grass "pavement" to avoid a truck in the yellow lane!! Let's all please be more considerate and tolerant of one another and not keep point fingers of blame and condemnation, we ALL do things that are worthy of someone else's anger or irritation at times. So come on SA pull together and stop punching each other in the face. My condolences to the family who lost a loved one in another sad accident!

  • Tim - 2012-05-08 06:12

    the arrogance of joggers is astonishing. running 5 abreast across the road - have you ever heard of such stupidity

  • Fadwagifts - 2012-05-17 18:49

    I live on Hendrick Potgieter, we witness accidents EVERYDAY on the road, there has NEVER been a day there was no one killed, not only by drivers but by the way the ROADS are designed, one day its a two lane , no robot and the next it a one lane to the left, drivers are confused and then drive into on coming cars, I witness a car accident when th eroad works took place at the Church crossing, th elanes got opened but the cars did not know and came crashing into a lane which they thought was a two lane but one. Hendrick potgieter is the most dangerous road to travel on, when people get home they say phew I made it....but no one ever stops to tell the people concerned you better add some safety points on the road,......

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